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Distance ½ Mile, 1 Mile & 2 Miles
Price 1/2 Mile - £32 per entry , 1 Mile - £40 per entry , 2 Miles - £45 per entry
Location Newham, London
Date 16 July 2016

Great Newham London Swim


Congratulations to everyone who took part in this year's event - we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! 

We also want to thank all the volunteers, lifeguards, medical teams, charities and all of our kayakers who made sure that all of our swimmers got home safely. We hope to see you again next year...

The Course

The Great Newham London Swim course map is shown to the left, which includes the 1/2 mile and 1 mile distances.

Course Map

The Start

The start area is located next to the Emirates Air Line and opposite the Crown Plaza Hotel. This area is close to the finish area and Swim Village and means swimmers and spectators do not have to walk far between the start and finish.

Changing & baggage area
Swimmers can find the changing and baggage area at the finish area and Swim Village. Please ensure you get changed and leave your baggage at the designated area before heading to the start (approx. 5 mins walk away).

When you reach the start area and are ready to check-in, please ensure you are wearing your numbered swim cap and timing chip.

Your timing chip will be tested before you swim
Your timing chip, which should be worn on your ankle, will be scanned at the check in area. Your timing chip is assigned to you and records your exact swim time as well as informing the swim tracking team exactly when you enter and exit the water. As a result it is prohibited to pass on or swap your chip with any other swimmers. For your safety, checks will be made at the start area and you will not be allowed to enter the water if you are wearing another person’s chip.

Start area
Having passed through check-in you will be in the start area. The start area will open immediately after the preceding wave has been set off. No spectators will be allowed in this area. Before the start of each wave swimmers will be given a safety briefing. This will include important information about the course and what to do if you get into difficulties.

Acclimatisation zone
There will be a marked area, supervised by lifeguards, where swimmers can acclimatise to the water temperature prior to each wave start if they wish. All swimmers will be called out of the water 10 minutes before each wave starts.

Warm up
Prior to the start of each wave swimmers will have the opportunity to take part in a short warm up session on the start line.

Start procedure
The start is on dry land, when the hooter sounds you will pass under the gantry and cross over the start line. You can run or walk into the water but please take care on the pontoon. Your race time does not start until you go under the start gantry so don’t panic if you are not at the front of your wave. If you intend to walk into the water please stand at the rear of your coloured wave.

Swim Village
The Swim Village is located next to ExCel London. It will include the changing and baggage area, toilets, food concessions as well as various charities and retailers. There will also be an information point located here if you have any questions on the day.

The Start

The Finish

Wetsuits are compulsory for the Great Newham London Swim. A wetsuit will give you extra buoyancy and warmth. To find out more about hiring or buying a wetsuit and accessories visit the Great Swim Shop. Please ensure your wetsuit fits properly as no ill-fitting wetsuits will be allowed for safety reasons. No person will be allowed in the water without a wetsuit on.

In the event of an incident
If you need assistance whilst in the water do not panic. Tread water and raise one arm in the air. We have plenty of safety craft on the water that will reach you as quickly as possible.

Your personal swim time will stop when you exit the water and walk over the timing mat. Proceed to the check-out point where you will officially be checked out and your chip will be collected.

Finisher's pack
Once you have passed through check-out you will be able to claim your finisher's pack.

Official photographers
Our official photographers will be at the event to capture all of the action. Visit the website in the days following the event to see if they have got any pictures of you.

Your swim time will be available to view online after the event.

The Finish

Event location

The Great Newham London Swim is located at the Royal Victoria Dock, which is located right next to ExCel London. Make sure you take a look at the ExCel website for fantastic information on travelling to the area. We love this interactive tube map!

By train:
Travelling to the event on the West Coast Mainline? Then take advantage of the exclusive Virgin Trains discount: For you, your friends and family... whether you're travelling to an event on your own or up to groups of nine, you can all get up to 50% off Virgin Trains Advance Fares. This exclusive discount on Virgin Trains is the cheapest, easiest and most comfortable way of getting you and your supporters to the start line. Click here to book now -

Emirates Air Line:
The Great Newham London Swim, Newham start area is next to the Emirates Air Line Cable Car. Why not ‘fly’ into your swim from North Greenwich Tube?

On foot:
From Canning Town, the Swim Village is only a 15 minute walk, just follow the signs for ExCel.

By car:
From the West (City Centre): Head along the A13 (East bound) and then follow the signs to the ExCel. From the East head along the A13 (West bound) and then follow the signs for the ExCel. From the South (M25, jct 2) follow the A1012 until signs for the Royal Victoria Dock/Docklands to lead onto the A1261. Then follow signs to the ExCel.

Parking is available at ExCel and is priced at £5.00 for up to 2 hours and £10.00 for up to 6 hours. 

By air:
If you are coming from further afield, the London City Airport is only a 5 minute taxi journey from the Royal Victoria Dock.


After your swim, why not stick around and make the most of your visit to the area? There are plenty of places to choose to eat and refuel, and numerous options if you're looking to go for a celebratory drink!

Click here to view a list of recommendations, which have all been tried and tested by our friends at ExCel London!


After hours

The UK's capital city offers visitors an endless supply of things to see, activities to try, museums to visit, west-end shows to watch and restaurants to sample.

Make a weekend of it and visit a selection of London's tourist hotspots such as Buckingham Palace, the London Eye, Madame Tussauds or the world-class sporting facilities of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Visit London's Royal Docks
Before and after your open water swim why not explore the dockside area where there are a number of things to see and do for all the family.  Built in the 19th century, London's Royal Docks are a shining example of Victorian engineering, and have been developed by the Royal Docks Management Authority Limited (RoDMA) to become a popular place to live, work and visit. Find out more >

For more details of what to do in London click here

About London

There are plenty of accommodation choices to suit all budgets. For more information visit: or check the hotel options on the ExCel London website.


How to enter

1/2 Mile

£32 per entry

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1 Mile

£40 per entry

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2 Miles

£45 per entry

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